After reading Johnathan Gold's review on Shin-Sen-Gumi I was in the mood for ramen. Last night my family went to Daikokuya our usual ramen place. This afternoon we decided to try Shin-Sen-Gumi in Rosemead. Comparing dollar value and taste-Daikokuya is far superior.
At Daikokuya I always get kotteri style which is the richer pork broth. At Shin-Sen-Gumi I ordered the "strong" broth which was like the regular broth they serve at Daikokuya. My wife and daughter ordered their broth "normal" and it wasn't as rich tasting as the regular Daikokuya broth.
The basic ramen at Shin-Sen-Gumi is $6.95 and you have choices to add(a la carte)to your ramen. At Daikokuya almost every extra at Shin-Sen-Gumi is already included in their huge pork ramen which is $7.50. At Shin-Sen-Gumi they give you a few measley slivers of Kurobuto pork at Daikokuya you get about 3 thick sized strips. Ramen at Shin-Sen-Gumi is made for them specially-kind of like an angel hair pasta in thickness and shape cooked to your preference (hard-normal-soft). Extra noodles to finish up with your broth is 95 cents. Took our extra broth home and will add some saimin to it.
We ordered the gyoza($4.75)at Shin-Sen-Gumi and laughed when it came out. You get a dozen gyoza, but it's the tiniest gyoza I've ever seen, about 2" long and no thicker than your pinky finger.
At Daikokuya I usually get out of there for about $26(w/o tip)for the three of us and at Shin-Sen-Gumi for our 3 ramen with "extra's", order of micro-gyoza and no drinks was almost $35(w/o tip).
After Shin-Sen-Gumi we went to Mr. Baguette(2nd time in 3 days)about 3 blocks away from Shin-Sen-Gumi. Went on Thursday after the rave reviews and pictures by CH'r ELMOMONSTER. Tried the pork and bacon sandwiches he featured. I will say the baguette's are fantastic, but the lettuce and tomato(American style)and meat filling was a bit meager for $3.95. Tonight I picked up the #1 a Vietnamese cold cut sandwich(Vietnamese style) which I'll try in the next hour.
Otherwise Bahn Mi My-Tho at 304 Valley Blvd.,Alahambra has a great chicken sandwich for $2.